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The Independence Day of Brazil: History & Celebrations

Did you know that Brazil is the only country in the Americas that uses Portuguese as its national language? This is because, for nearly three-hundred years, Portugal colonized Brazil. In 1822, freedom and independence finally became a realistic goal for Brazil, and as you can imagine, Brazil’s Independence Day is the country’s most important holiday.

How did Brazil gain its independence after so long a colonial period? In this article, you’ll learn about the history behind the Brazil Day of Independence, as well as Brazil Independence Day celebrations.

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1. What is Brazil’s Independence Day?

Brazil was a colony of Portugal for 285 years. However, when Napoleon invaded Portugal in 1815, the Portuguese court was forced to move to Rio de Janeiro, thus creating the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarve.

The Portuguese Court remained in Brazil until 1820, when the Liberal Revolution of Porto in Portugal forced King John to return to Europe. The Portuguese Government sought to make Brazil a colony once again, but the country was never to return to its former colonial status.

In 1822, a Court Order was issued to Pedro de Alcântara, prince regent of Brazil, for his return to Portugal. However, Pedro was petitioned to stay by the Brazilian people and decided accordingly to remain in Brazil. The day of his decision became known as the Dia do Fico (I’ll Stay Day), marking the first step toward the country’s independence.

Seeing that independence was inevitable, on September 7, 1822, after receiving a letter from his father demanding his return to Portugal, Pedro declared Brazil’s independence on the banks of the Ipiranga River with the famous words “Independence or Death!”

2. When is the Independence Day of Brazil?

Independence Day on September 7

Each year, Brazil celebrates its Independence Day on September 7.

3. Brazil Independence Day Celebrations

This holiday is also known as the Homeland Day or Seventh of September Day.

On Independence Day, Brazil celebrations throughout the country include civilian-military patriotic parades in all the city centers. Various public and military colleges participate in these parades.

The most famous of these celebrations is that of Brasília, held at the Esplanade of the Ministries, in the presence of the President of the Republic. In general, this event gains an audience of about fifty-thousand people.

And for Brazilians outside Brazil? The Brazilian Day is also celebrated worldwide, usually during the month of September, as an event to commemorate the independence of Brazil, accompanied by much Brazilian music and food.

4. How Did Brazil Get its Name?

A Marching Band

Do you know where the name of Brazil comes from?

It comes from the name of a tree called Brazilwood that is native to the Atlantic Forest. Its wood is reddish in color and used to be used for dyeing textiles, but today this tree is under risk of extinction.

5. Vocabulary to Know for Brazil’s Independence Day

Brazil's Flag on Map of Brazil

Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for Brazil’s Independence Day!

  • Dia da independência — “Independence Day”
  • Dia da independência do Brasil — “Independence Day of Brazil”
  • Banda — “Band”
  • Desfile — “Parade”
  • Sete de setembro — “September 7″
  • Discurso do presidente — “president’s speech”
  • Semana da Pátria — “Motherland Week”
  • Pátria — “Motherland”
  • Independência ou Morte! — “Independence or Death!”
  • Independência — “Independence”
  • Hastear a bandeira — “Hoist the flag”
  • Hino da Independência do Brasil — “Independence Anthem

To hear each of these Portuguese vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Independence Day of Brazil vocabulary list!

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How to Celebrate Father’s Day in Brazil

Fathers are extremely important people, benefiting both their own children and society as a whole when they choose to act in this honorable role. On Fathers Day, Brazilians seek to honor and show appreciation for the fathers or father-figures in their lives, as much of the world does once a year.

In this article, we’ll go over the basics of how Brazil celebrates Father’s Day, including the most popular gifts and traditions. At PortuguesePod101.com, we hope to make this learning journey worthwhile, and hope you take away something valuable!

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1. What is Father’s Day?

You’re likely familiar with the concept of Father’s Day, as it’s celebrated in just about every country. Father’s Day is a holiday for children and whole families to celebrate and honor fathers, usually through Father’s Day gifts.

This may be the only day of the year that many fathers are acknowledged and truly shown appreciation for their role in the family, and in society, making this holiday an important aspect of Brazilian culture. Even the best dads need a little motivation sometimes!

2. When is Fathers Day in Brazil?

Father's Day on Sunday

The Fathers Day date in Brazil is the second Sunday in August each year.

The date was set by the well-known journalist Roberto Marinho, who wanted to boost his business and consequently his newspaper sales. They say the date was chosen by his advertising consultant, Sylvio Bhering, because August 14 was the feast day of St. Joachim, the patron saint of his family. Roberto Marinho’s plan worked, and the date has since proved very “profitable” (rentável) for stores.

For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

  • 2019: August 11
  • 2020: August 9
  • 2021: August 8
  • 2022: August 14
  • 2023: August 13
  • 2024: August 11
  • 2025: August 10
  • 2026: August 9
  • 2027: August 8
  • 2028: August 13

3. Reading Practice: Fathers Day Celebrations in Brazil

Father Receiving Gift from Daughter

Do you know how Brazilians celebrate Father’s Day, and what gifts are most common? Read the Portuguese text below to find out, and find the English translation directly below it.

Nesse dia, a maioria dos filhos compra um presente para o seu pai, escrevem cartas ou cartões de agradecimento e planejam um dia diferente e especial. A maioria dos filhos procuram um presente do gosto do pai. Entre os presentes mais comuns estão roupas ou perfumes.

Nas escolas, as crianças normalmente preparam um presente na sexta-feira e levam para casa para presentear seus papais. Algumas escolas também organizam recitais e apresentações especialmente para os papais.

E, no domingo, prepara-se um almoço especial, e se aproveita o dia entre a família para passear ou fazer o que o pai quiser. Afinal, esse dia todos querem agradar o seu pai!

É muito comum no Brasil filhos com o sobrenome “Junior,” “Filho” e netos que se chamam “Neto,” para honrar o nome do seus progenitores, como João da Silva Filho ou Pedro Soares Oliveira Junior ou José da Costa Machado Neto.

On this day, most children buy a gift for their father, write letters or cards of thanks, and plan to spend the day in a unique and special way. Most children hunt for a present their father will like. Among the most common choices of gifts are clothes or men’s cologne.

In school, the kids usually prepare a gift on the preceding Friday and take it home to give to their dad. Some schools also put on special concerts and shows for the fathers.

Then, on Sunday, a special lunch is prepared, and the father can take advantage of the day with his family for an outing or whatever other activity he chooses. After all, on that day everyone wants to please dad.

It is very common in Brazil for sons to have “Junior” or “Son” (or grandsons) to have “Grandson” added to their names as a mark of respect for their father’s name. For example, João da Silva Filho with Filho meaning “the son,” or Pedro Soares Oliveira Junior or José da Costa Machado Neto with Neto meaning “the grandson.”

4. Three Generations

Do you know any sayings that mention the three generations—father, son, and grandson?

“Dad is rich, son is noble, grandson is poor.” This saying relates to the difficulty of maintaining inheritance, wealth, and success through many generations.

5. Vocabulary You Should Know for Father’s Day in Brazil

Coffee, Donut, and Card

Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for Father’s Day in Brazil!

  • Domingo — “Sunday”
  • Pai — “Father”
  • Filho — “Son”
  • Filha — “Daughter”
  • Presente — “Present”
  • Jantar — “Dinner”
  • Amar — “Love”
  • Dia dos Pais — “Father’s Day”
  • Celebrar — “Celebrate”
  • Vale-presente — “Gift certificate”
  • Cartão de dia dos pais — “Father’s Day greeting card”

To hear the pronunciation of each Portuguese Father’s Day vocabulary word, check out our relevant vocabulary list!

Conclusion

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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Portuguese

Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Portuguese! Learn easily with PortuguesePod101 in this four-minute video!

Table of Contents

  1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Portuguese
  2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
  3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Portuguese
  4. Why PortuguesePod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Portuguese Introductions

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1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Portuguese

”About

First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. PortuguesePod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Portuguese friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

Oi, prazer.

This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

2- My name is Miguel.

O meu nome é Miguel.

Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Miguel’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Portuguese acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!

Countries

3- I’m from Brazil.

Eu sou do Brasil.

Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Brazil’ with your own country of birth!

4- I live in Sao Paulo.

Eu moro em São Paulo.

Same as above - replace ‘Sao Paulo’ with your town or city of abode!

5- I’ve been learning Portuguese for a year.

Estou aprendendo português faz um ano.

Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Portuguese for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Portuguese conversation.

Two people talking

6- I’m learning Portuguese at PortuguesePod101.com.

Estou aprendendo português com a PortuguesePod101.com.

This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Portuguese! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

7- I’m 27 years old.

Eu tenho 27 anos.

This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Portuguese employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

First encounter

8- I’m a teacher.

Eu sou professor.

You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with PortuguesePod101!

People with different jobs

9- One of my hobbies is reading.

Um dos meus hobbies é ler.

Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

10- I enjoy listening to music.

Eu gosto de ouvir música.

If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

Introducing yourself

A correct Portuguese introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Portuguese natives?

1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Portuguese customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Portuguese friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

Someone studying

2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Portuguese phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Portuguese-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Portuguese introductions right here at PortuguesePod101!

3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Portuguese, and get a conversation started too!

3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Portuguese

Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Portuguese! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Portuguese grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!


4. Why PortuguesePod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Portuguese Introductions

  • Culturally Focused Lessons: All our material is aimed not only to help you learn perfect Portuguese, but also to introduce you to the Portuguese culture! Learn here, for instance, a list of favorite Portuguese foods. Alternatively, listen to these audio lessons on Portuguese culture! Studying through us could be very valuable before visiting Brazil for any purpose.
  • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Portuguese speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Portuguese correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Portuguese natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
  • State-of-the-Art Lesson Formats and Methods: Efficacy in learning is our highest priority. You will have access to learning tools that were carefully developed by learning specialists over more than a decade! We use only well-researched, proven lesson formats and teaching methods to ensure fast, accurate, fun and easy learning! Millions of happy subscribers can’t be wrong! Create a lifetime account with PortuguesePod101 for free access to many learning tools that are updated every week.
  • Learn to Read and Write in Portuguese: We don’t only teach you to speak, you can also learn to read and write in Portuguese! This way you can express your Portuguese introduction in more than one way and be thoroughly prepared.
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Brazil’s Valentines Day: Boyfriend and Girlfriend Day

Are you wondering, “When is Valentine’s Day in Brazil?”

National Boyfriend and Girlfriend Day is the equivalent of Valentine’s Day in Brazil, a day set aside for lovers. On Boyfriend and Girlfriend (Valentine’s) Day, Brazil also keeps in mind St. Anthony of Padua, who is known for his teachings on love and marriage.

Learning about National Girlfriend and Boyfriend Day will help you to see Brazil through a clearer lens, in terms of its culture and its take on a holiday you may already be familiar with in your own country. Any successful language-learner can tell you that this is an essential step in mastering your target language, Portuguese.

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1. What is National Boyfriend and Girlfriend Day?

Also referred to as Lovers Day or Brazil’s Valentine’s Day, the most romantic and special date on the calendar for people with passion in their hearts is Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day. This day is set aside for lovers and sweethearts to express their love for each other through gifts and quality time, just like Valentines Day in other countries.

2. When is National Boyfriend and Girlfriend Day?

Big Red Heart

So, when is Valentine’s Day celebrated in Brazil? Each year, couples in Brazil celebrate Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day on June 12.

This is the eve of the Feast of St. Anthony. Saint Anthony of Padua is much revered in Brazil, and he is invoked to bless wedding ceremonies, because in his religious teachings, he always emphasized the importance of love and marriage. They call him the “Holy Matchmaker.”

3. Reading Practice: How is it Celebrated?

How is Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day celebrated in Brazil? Read the Brazilian Portuguese text below to find out, and find the English translation below it.

A maioria dos casais trocam presentes, chocolates, flores e cartões nesse dia, para demonstrar o amor que sentem. Mas alguns casais de namorados fazem um plano mais elaborado- alguns vão ao seu restaurante preferido, outros preferem ir ao cinema, tem gente que prepara uma viagem romântica. Mas no final, o importante é passar esse dia ao lado de quem você ama.

Esse dia também é esperado por alguns solteiros e solteiras que estão à procura de alguém para casar, mas de uma forma um pouco diferente. Eles fazem simpatias com a imagem de Santo Antônio para encontrar um namorado ou conseguir a pessoa amada. As simpatias normalmente maltratam o santo, deixando-o de ponta-cabeça, ou separando-o do menino Jesus até o santo conseguir um marido para elas.

A teoria mais provável para o início do feriado no Brasil é a de que foi o publicitário João Dória quem bolou o feriado, influenciado pelo dia de São Valentim, para aquecer as vendas do mês de junho, um mês fraco para o comércio.

It is customary for couples to exchange gifts, chocolates, flowers, and cards on this day as an expression of their love. Some make elaborate plans for a special evening either at a favorite restaurant or perhaps the cinema, while others opt for a romantic getaway. But in the end, what matters is that you spend that day in the company of someone you love.

There are also some single men and women who eagerly await this day, because they are seeking marriage, but in rather a different form. They perform the simpatias (”sympathies̶ ;) ritual with the image of St. Anthony to help them to meet a boyfriend or find a loved one. The ritual usually involves abuse of the saintly image, leaving it upside down, or separating it from the holy child, Jesus, in order to win a spouse.

A very likely explanation of the origin of this holiday in Brazil is that the impresario John Doria came up with the idea, inspired by Valentine’s Day, to heat up sales in June, a slow trading month.

4. Nicknames for Sweethearts

Couple on Beach Wrapped in Blanket

How do Brazilian lovers affectionately refer to their loved ones?

Apart from “love”—the most commonly used, other pet names for a lover could be: amoreco (”beloved”), môre (”special”), fofo (”fluff”), fofinho (”cuddles”), minha vida (”my life”), meu bebê (”baby”), paixão (”passion”), coração (”heart”), xuxuzinho (”sweet pumpkin”), flor de maracujá (”passion flower”)… The list is endless. Many people like to create their own little pet names for their loved ones.

5. Useful Vocabulary for Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day

St. Anthony of Padua

Here’s the most important vocabulary you should know for Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day in Brazil!

  • Vermelho — “Red
  • Rosa — “Pink”
  • Presente — “Present”
  • Namorada — “Girlfriend”
  • Namorado — “Boyfriend”
  • Amar — “Love”
  • Flor — “Flower”
  • Dia dos Namorados — “Valentine’s Day” (or “Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day̶ ;)
  • Chocolate — “Chocolate”
  • Coração — “Heart”
  • Encontro — “Date
  • Abraçar — “Hug”
  • Cartão de dia dos namorados — “Valentine’s Day card”
  • Urso de pelúcia — “Teddy bear”
  • Santo Antônio, o santo casamenteiro — St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of weddings
  • Romance — “Romance”
  • Carta de amor — “Love letter”
  • Beijo — “Kiss”
  • Apaixonado — “In love
  • Bombom — “Candy with chocolate coating and fondant center”
  • Cupido — “Cupid

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Boyfriends and Girlfriends Day vocabulary list. Here, each word is listed alongside an audio file of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

What do you think of National Boyfriend and Girlfriend Day in Brazil? Do you celebrate a similar holiday in your country? And, most important, which of the adorable Portuguese sweetheart nicknames are you most likely to start calling your xuxuzinho (”sweet pumpkin”)? ;) Let us know in the comments!

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What is Tiradentes Day in Brazil?

Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier (Tiradentes) is considered a hero among Brazilians, and thus has a holiday commemorating the day that he was hanged a martyr. Tiradentes was a large supporter of and actor in the Minas Conspiracy, which ultimately sought to end the monarchy and win independence for Brazil.

Tiradentes Day is one of the most significant holidays in Brazil, seeing the high stakes that Tiradentes sought after for the country. As you read through this article, you’ll uncover layers of Brazil’s history and culture that are vital for your understanding!

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1. Reading Practice: What is Tiradentes Day in Brazil?

Why is the holiday Tiradentes celebrated in Brazil? Read the Brazilian Portuguese text below to find out (you can find the English translation directly below it).

Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, mais conhecido como Tiradentes, foi o líder da Inconfidência Mineira, que aconteceu em Minas Gerais. O grupo, formado pela elite mineira, pretendia conquistar a liberdade e implantar um governo republicano. Mas um dia antes do movimento ser realizado, um dos inconfidentes delatou o grupo em troca do perdão por suas dívidas com a coroa.

Tiradentes assumiu responsabilidade total pela Inconfidência, e foi sentenciado pelo crime de traição contra o rei.

Devido ao crime gravíssimo, Tiradentes foi condenado à pena capital - a morte. Em 21 de abril de 1792, ele foi enforcado em praça pública na cidade do Rio de Janeiro.

Após executado, seu corpo foi esquartejado, e sua cabeça foi exposta em Vila Rica, e as demais partes distribuídas pela estrada que ligava o Rio de Janeiro a Minas Gerais, para intimidar a população e evitar novas revoltas. Sua casa foi queimada, seus bens confiscados, e jogaram sal no terreno para que nada lá brotasse.

Tiradentes é considerado herói nacional e o dia de sua morte é feriado em todo o país. Apesar disso, sua importância vem sendo esquecida, e a maioria das pessoas somente descansa e viaja nesse dia. A polícia civil e militar, onde Tiradentes é o patrono, celebra esse dia com homenagens a Tiradentes.

Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, commonly known as Tiradentes, was the leader of the Minas Conspiracy, which took place in Minas Gerais. The aim of the group, formed by the elite of Minas Gerais, was to win independence for Brazil and establish a republican government. However, one day before the conspirators were to put their plans into action, one of their number informed on them in exchange for exoneration from his debts against the crown.

Tiradentes assumed full responsibility for the Minas Conspiracy, and was sentenced for treason against the monarchy.

Because of how serious his crime, Tiradentes was sentenced to death. On April 21, 1792, he was hanged in a public square in Rio de Janeiro.

His body was quartered after execution, and his head was exhibited in Vila Rica, with his other body parts scattered along the road between Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, to intimidate the population and discourage any more revolts. His house was torched, his property confiscated, and salt thrown on the ground so that nothing would grow there.

Tiradentes went down in national history as a martyr and the day of his death is fêted as a public holiday countrywide. Furthermore, his importance has never been forgotten, and most people set that day aside for rest or travel.

The civil and military police, who adopted Tiradentes as their patron, celebrate the day with tributes to Tiradentes.

2. When is the Tiradentes holiday?

April 21 is Tiradentes Day

Each year in Brazil, Tiradentes Day is celebrated on April 21. This April 21 holiday in Brazil commemorates the hero Tiradentes on the day he was hanged.

3. How is Tiradentes Day Celebrated?

Silhouette of Person Carrying Flag

Another key event in the story of Tiradentes, the Minas Conspiracy martyr, is the renaming of a town in the state of Minas Gerais in his honor. For Tiradentes Day, Brazil celebrates Conspiracy Week annually with various commemorative events.

The flag adopted by the state of Minas Gerais was designed by members of the Minas Conspiracy. On it is the Latin phrase “Libertas ainda que Tardia” or “Freedom though Late.”

4. Additional Information: Pulling Teeth!

Can you guess what Tiradentes’ profession was by his nickname?

The nickname Tiradentes derives from one of his occupations—dentistry. He also worked as a herdsman, miner, trader, political activist, and was in the military. But despite his nickname, he did not like pulling teeth!

5. Must-know Vocab

Brazilian Republic Symbol

Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Tiradentes Day in Brazil!

  • Tiradentes — “Tiradentes’ Day”
  • Tiradentes — “Tiradentes”
  • Inconfidência Mineira — “Minas Gerais Conspiracy”
  • Joaquim José da Silva Xavier — “Joaquim José da Silva Xavier”
  • Herói nacional — “National hero”
  • Vinte e um de abril — “April 21st”
  • Patrono da Polícia Militar — “Patron of the Military Police”
  • Mártir — “Martyr”
  • Enforcado — “Hanged”
  • Esquartejado — “Quartered”
  • República brasileira — “Brazilian Republic”

To hear each word pronounced, check out our Tiradentes’ Day vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

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How to Say I Love You in Portuguese - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Portuguese could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Portuguese partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At PortuguesePod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Portuguese lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Portuguese dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Portuguese Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Portuguese Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Portuguese Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Portuguese love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Portuguese word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Portuguese date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Portuguese Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Você gostaria de sair para jantar comigo?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Portuguese is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Você está livre neste fim de semana?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Você gostaria de sair comigo?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • A que horas a gente se vê amanhã?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Aonde nos encontramos?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Você está ótimo.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Você é tão fofo.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • O que que você acha deste lugar?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Portuguese language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Posso te ver de novo?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Você quer ir para outro lugar?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Eu conheço um lugar legal.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Eu te levo para casa.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Foi uma noite ótima.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Quando eu posso te ver de novo?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Eu te ligo.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Portuguese phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Portuguese below!

Date Ideas in Portuguese

museum

  • museu

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • jantar à luz de velas

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • ir ao zoológico

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • fazer uma longa caminhada

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • ir à ópera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • ir ao aquário

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • caminhar na praia

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • fazer um piquenique

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • cozinhar uma refeição juntos

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • jantar e ver um filme

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Portuguese

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Portuguese - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Portuguese Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Portuguese yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Portuguese? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Portuguese love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Portuguese

I love you.

  • Eu te amo.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Portuguese carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Você significa tanto para mim.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Você quer ser meu namorado?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Você é tão bonita.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Portuguese, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Eu te considero mais que um amigo.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Portuguese dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Cem corações seriam demasiado poucos para levar todo o meu amor por você.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • O amor é só amor. Ele nunca pode ser explicado.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Você é tão bonito.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Portuguese love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Eu tenho uma queda por você.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Você me faz querer ser um homem melhor.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Portuguese girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Todas as vossas obras sejam feitas em amor.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Você é o meu sol, o meu amor.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Palavras não podem descrever o meu amor por você.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Nós fomos feitos para ficar juntos.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Se você estava pensando em alguém enquanto lia isso, você está definitivamente apaixonado.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Portuguese Quotes about Love

Portuguese Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Portuguese lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Portuguese that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Portuguese Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Portuguese lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Portuguese custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Portuguese Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • A gente precisa conversar.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Não é você. Sou eu.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Portuguese lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • É que eu não estou pronto para esse tipo de relacionamento.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Vamos ser apenas amigos.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Portuguese, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Acho que a gente precisa dar um tempo.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Você merece algo melhor.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • A gente devia conhecer outras pessoas.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Eu preciso de espaço.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Acho que estamos indo rápido demais.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Eu preciso focar na minha carreira.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Eu não sou bom o bastante para você.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • É que eu não te amo mais.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Nós não somos feitos um para o outro.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • É pro nosso bem.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Nós nos tornamos distantes.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Portuguese faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. PortuguesePod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Portuguese language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Portuguese Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Portuguese speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    PortuguesePod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Portuguese, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Portuguese even faster.

    2- Having your Portuguese romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Portuguese language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Portuguese lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Portuguese partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why PortuguesePod101 helps you learn Portuguese Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Portuguese is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at PortuguesePod101 is translated into both English and Portuguese. So, while your partner can help you learn Portuguese faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Portuguese Culture
    At PortuguesePod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Brazil. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Portuguese partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Portuguese Phrases
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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Portuguese

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Portuguese!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Portuguese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can PortuguesePod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Portuguese? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Portuguese words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. funny - engraçado
    2. lie - mentir
    3. fool - bobo
    4. deceptive - enganador
    5. April 1st - primeiro de abril
    6. surprise - surpreender
    7. prank - brincadeira
    8. play a joke - pregar uma peça
    9. humor - humor
    10. prankster - brincalhão
    11. sneaky - safado
    12. joke - piada
    13. joke - contar piada

    2. Portuguese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Portuguese Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Portuguese to prank your favorite Portuguese speaking friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Portuguese in 1 month.
      • Aprendi português em 1 mês.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Todas as aulas de hoje foram canceladas.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Desculpa, é que eu quebrei os seus óculos favoritos.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Alguém acabou de bater no seu carro.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Vou me casar.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Você ganhou um bilhete grátis.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Eu vi o seu carro sendo rebocado.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Eles estão dando vale-presentes de graça na frente do prédio.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Um cara bonito está te esperando lá fora.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Uma bela moça me pediu pra te dar esse número de telefone.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Você pode vir aqui embaixo? Tenho uma coisa especial para você.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Obrigado pela sua carta de amor hoje de manhã. Eu nunca adivinharia os seus sentimentos.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Portuguese, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can PortuguesePod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

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    4 Reasons Why Portuguese Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

    Learn 4 honest reasons you need Portuguese slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

    Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Portuguese slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Portuguese? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Portuguese or any new language.

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    1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

    If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

    2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Portuguese Culture

    If you turn on any popular Portuguese TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Portuguese slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Portuguese culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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    3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

    Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Portuguese slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

    4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

    We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

    The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

    Learning Portuguese slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

    But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

    The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Portuguese people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Portuguese TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Portuguese slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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    So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

    At PortuguesePod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Portuguese slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

    Portuguese slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

    However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
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    10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Portuguese

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    Shortcuts for learning and tips to remember Portuguese words are useful but it’s even also important to fix objectives to reach every month! What Is Your Language Learning Goal for the Month?
    In your journey to become fluent and conversational here are 10 monthly goals you can go after!

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    1) I’ll finish Survival Phrases series on PortuguesePod101.com by listening to two lesson a day.

    2) I’ll give a 3 minute introductory speech in Portuguese to my Portuguese friends.

    3) I’ll finish reading one Portuguese book by reading 10 pages a day.

    4) I’ll pass my Portuguese test.

    5) I’ll write 10 postcards in Portuguese to my Portuguese friends.

    6) I’ll memorize 5 Portuguese songs.

    7) I’ll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on PortuguesePod101.com.

    8 ) I’ll fully understand one Portuguese movie by watching it every day.

    9) I’ll learn how to talk about past, present and future events.

    10) I’ll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.

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    Portuguese Word of the Day - index finger (phrase)

    Learn a little Portuguese everyday with the free Portuguese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    dedo indicador index finger (phrase)

    O dedo indicador é frequentemente chamado de indicador.
    The index finger is often called the pointer.

    dedo indicador direito
    right index finger

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